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Rise and Shine Sleepy Head!

July 11th, 2012 by Deb McLean

I’m a Morning Person.  I think I get more done before noon most days than others do all day long.  Of course, I fall asleep before the 10 o’clock news every night (Okay, sometimes at 8:30 laying on the couch).  My husband, on the other hand, is not such a happy morning guy.  It’s just not his thing. 

I think Morning people have an edge.  The early hours are a great time for getting things done. Even more unfair? New research from the University of Toronto, which looked at adults’ sleeping habits, finds that morning people are happier and more energetic, too. People who naturally rise around 7 a.m. (even without the alarm clock) have a 19-25 percent boost in “positive effect”  versus those who prefer to get out of bed around 10 a.m.

There are obvious reasons that morning people are happier. First, our world is set up to reward people who get out of bed in the early hours. Traditional workplaces require people to be up and alert at 8 or 9 in the morning. People who are naturally perky at that time will be seen as ambitious and competent.  Is it surprising that they’d be happier than someone who could be enormously creative from midnight to 2 a.m. — but never gets the chance because he has to leave for work at 7 with not enough sleep?  I guess I’d be grumpy too.

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